What Is Psoriasis And What Are The Treatment Options?

By Boulevard Dermatology
July 28, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Psoriasis  

Unlike other common skin rashes like dermatitis (eczema), which is primarily triggered by interactions with allergens, psoriasis results from a malfunction in the production and elimination of dead skin cells, which causes itchy, red and silver scaly patches on the surface of the skin in various places on the body and scalp. Psoriasis is a chronic condition with sporadic flare-ups. Although there is no cure for Psoriasis psoriasis, the symptoms can be managed by a dermatologist with a combination of lifestyle modifications, topical and oral medication, and light therapy (sun exposure and/or laser therapy).

Psoriasis Diagnosis and Treatment in Northeast Philadelphia

Psoriasis is fairly common and affects over seven million people in the United States according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. In fact, celebrities like LeAnn Rimes, Kim Kardashian, and her mother Kris Jenner suffer from the condition. With psoriasis, the body produces skin cells at an accelerated rate. The normal life cycle of the skin cells is disrupted, which prevents them from dying off and making way for healthy new skin cells. This results in an itchy, uncomfortable rash.

There are several types of psoriasis, some of which are the product of an autoimmune disorder, which results when the body mistakes healthy cells for foreign bodies and attacks the healthy cells.

Types of psoriasis:

  • Plaque
  • Scalp
  • Guttate
  • Pustular
  • Nail
  • Inverse
  • Erythrodermic

Dr. Deirdre Wood, a dermatologist at Boulevard Dermatology in Northeast Philadelphia, offers a range of treatment options depending on the type and severity.

Psoriasis or a Regular Rash? Symptoms to Look For

You may be suffering from a form of psoriasis if you exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Scaly rash (red patches with silver scaling)
  • Cracked, bleeding skin
  • Burning, itching, pain
  • Pitting or ridges on the nails
  • Swelling, stiffness, and joint inflammation

Are you at risk?

The most common risk factors are:

  • Heredity
  • Tobacco use
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Overconsumption of alcohol
  • Infections (bacterial/viral)

Contact a Dermatologist in Northeast Philadelphia

For more information on testing and treatment options, contact Boulevard Dermatology by calling (267) 731-1333 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wood today.